On Saturday, April 30th 2016 for the last time before its reconstruction, the KaDeWe Atrium will serve as a platform for the Rankin Live concept, in the form of an outstanding installation: a huge custom built photographic portrait studio, with hair and make-up stations as part of the experience. These unique portraits, taken at the live event, will be arranged by Rankin and KaDeWe into a visually striking artwork to be exhibited along a 5m high and 110m long street level gallery, covering the store during the takeoff of its renovation. Displayed for a limited time only. In a conversation with Rankin, the artist tells us:
“I was a fan of bringing Rankin live to Berlin from the very beginning..I like the aspect that it is a timely piece. It comes and then it’s gone…Portrait of Berlin is this idea to showcase a contemporary urban picture of this fastpaced city utilising large scale black and white portraits of some of its inhabitants. Berlin is changing so fast at the moment that I like the timely aspect of the exhibition. It’s basically a snapshot of this vibrant city. Things will have progressed a little by then.”
Members of the public will have the opportunity to experience one of the biggest photo shoots in Germany and to be photographed by Rankin.
In addition, dedicated viewing areas with exclusive Rankomats – selfie booths configured by Rankin Studios – will be set up to allow a wider audience to participate in the event.